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Get a Second Wind with beer


It’s been a comically rough week at the office, and at the end of the workday today I just felt beaten down. I didn’t want to run.

Second Wind Pale Ale in a Can

So I went to happy hour, had two Tripel Karmeliets, ate some pasta, then went out and felt awesome while running 3 1/2 miles. This is absolutely true.

Apparently beer gave me a second wind.

It seems fitting that now there is an actual beer called Second Wind — featuring runners on the can — from Mother Earth Brewery in North Carolina.

No one actually knows what causes the distance runner’s phenomenon known as the second wind, which gives athletes a burst of energy when they’re feeling their worst.

It could be an increase of oxygen to the muscles. It could be endorphins. Or it could be completely psychological.

Research has shown it’s possible that mere encouragement could cause a second wind. So is it a stretch to think that beer could give you a boost when you really need it?

It’s only a matter of time before science recognizes the Beer Runner’s Second Wind.

Thanks to Jon for tipping me off!


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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  • J Olsen says:

    Now I know this sound irresponsible, but after a hard day on the bike, and having to ride some more, a beer is the best thing for energy. Ala RAGBRAI… Screw 5 hour and screw Red Bull. I’ll take barley and hops over sugar and ‘bull piss’ any day.

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